Eve's Apple: A Faith-Based Nutrition Education Pilot Program for African American Women


  • Jenelle N. Robinson
  • Diane K. Tidwell
  • Chiquita A. Briley
  • Ronald D. Williams, Jr.
  • Walter N. Taylor
  • Paula Threadgill




nutrition education, faith-based, minority health


The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate a faith-based intervention, known as Eve’s Apple
Nutrition Education Program. A nutrition education session was provided once a week for eight weeks at a church, with sessions composed of lecture, discussion, and hands-on activities. Matched pre- and post-program survey data for 38 women showed that participants decreased negative dietary behaviors (emotional eating, snacking on sweets, haphazard meal planning, meal skipping, cultural factors) and increased low-fat eating
(p < .01). Although pilot studies may present limitations, this faith-based strategy seems to be promising for addressing dietary behaviors among African American women.

Author Biographies

Jenelle N. Robinson

Jenelle N. Robinson, PhD, CHES Assistant Professor College of Agriculture and Food Sciences Florida A&M University 306E South Perry-Paige Tallahassee, FL 32307 850-599-3570 

Diane K. Tidwell

Diane K. Tidwell, PhD, RD Professor Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion Mississippi State University 945 Stone Blvd, 206 Herzer Building Mississippi State, MS 39762 662-325-0239

Chiquita A. Briley

Chiquita A. Briley, PhD Associate Professor Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Tennessee State University 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd. Nashville, TN 37209 615-963-5601

Ronald D. Williams, Jr.

Ronald D. Williams, Jr., PhD, CHES Associate Professor Department of Health and Human Performance Texas State University 601 University Drive San Marcos, TX 78666 512-245-2947

Walter N. Taylor

Walter N. Taylor, PhD Associate Dean (Retired) College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Mississippi State University Box 9760 Mississippi State, MS 39762 662-325-2110

Paula Threadgill

Paula Threadgill, PhD Professor School ofHuman Sciences Mississippi State University Box 9601, Bost Building Mississippi State MS 39762 662-325-3032



How to Cite

Robinson, J., Tidwell, D., Briley, C., Williams, R. D., Taylor, W., & Threadgill, P. (2020). Eve’s Apple: A Faith-Based Nutrition Education Pilot Program for African American Women. American Journal of Health Studies, 30(2). https://doi.org/10.47779/ajhs.2015.173

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